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of appeals heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging california's law banning so- called conversion therapy, a psychotherapy technique aimed at helping gay teens become straight. backers of the law say conversion therapy is danger and that the state has the right to protect patients. but opponents of the law say it violates free speech right. >> it's unprecedented that california would pass a law that would interfere with patients and doctors and tell them not only what they can say on the subject matter but what viewpoint they can express. i think it's a very dangerous law. >> two lower courts ruled against the ban. one found the law unconstitutional but the other upheld the law. >>> there is new information coming out on a possible sabotage planned on the south bay. we'll tell you why officials say someone may have cut a fiberoptic line in order to shoot up a power station. >>> another breezy day. not as windy as yesterday. temperatures a little warmer. winds are dying further and we're going to see warmer day time highs as we get towards thursday. you kids should count yourselves lucky.
the washington d.c. newsroom, average americans are seemingly backing off the push for tougher laws, kyla? >> reporter: they are weakening across the country and here is the latest poll. 49% of americans now support stricter gun laws which is down 58% in january. this afternoon the senate is voting on at least 9 different pieces of legislation and they will expand to online gun sales and shows. it needs 60 votes to pass and based on a number of senators speaking out it looks like they could fall short. there are others up for a vote including an assault weapons ban led by dianne finestein. >> we hope to set up a series of votes both sides would like to initially offer on this legislation. >> the final legislation will -- >> reporter: the final legislation will not be hammered out and i will have what happens in these next votes when i see you next kyla campbell ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> according to the washington post, facebook lobbyists worked behind the scenes on capitol hill to get a provision in the new bill that would be helpful to new technical companies. they are helping to
to anything vit a.bone wasn't broken. no artery cut. >> reporter: as aaron recovers inside the hospital law enforcement keep close watch over boston. military police in boston common, swat, heavily armed officers everywhere. but through the security people still manage to pay their respect to those killed and injured by the explosions. aaron drove all wait from new york to add a flower to this memorial. >> just shocking. being from new york and what happened on 9/11. i know how it is and how people feel. want to come out and give support. any way that i can. help out any way that i can. >> a lot of runners also came become to the scene to see what was going on. others were quick to get out of the city. for the family here they don't know when they can go back to cam. aaron has surgery tomorrow to assess his wound and filling out what kind of care he needs from there in boston, abc 7 news. >> image of city interrupted. sandwich abandoned on the street where the bomb went off. frozen in time really. sipes of city on high alert. swat teams. national guard men. here's dan harris. >>
pictures of the bomb kpoent skpdz batteries they immediately reached out to law enforcement. these are pictures of the bits and pieces of the kpoents. employees noticed one sinked battery in the pictures they called the authorities. >> we contacted both boston police department and the fbi. >> this vice president at syn -- tenergy says it's usually used to power remote control toy autos i don't think there is anything in particularly unique to this. however, i thits more attractive for that sort of use. another battery could have been used if it's rechargeable. >> however, it's zibed to fit into compact cars or trucks so it can only be ordered online or purchased through hobby shops. >> outside of the arena it's not fairly well known. >> they are hoping to work with investigators and are shocked one battery may have been use ntd boston bombing. >> these are generally developed for toys to. bring people enjoyment. the fact they're used in this horrific sway apalling. >> he tells me he personally called the tv aand fbi and gave them his contact information. they told him they'
from mississippi. his name is paul curtis. he has been known to local law enforcement, for what we don't know. and he would sometimes work as an elvis impersonator. the letters that contained a white powder said, quote, no one wanted to listen to me before. what does that mean? so far, nobody is saying. preliminary tests say the white powder is the poison radio ricin. >>> the president didn't mince words today. he called it a shameful day for washington. >> there were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this. it came down to politics. the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections and so they caved to the pressure. and they started looking for an excuse, any excuse for vote no. >> the measure had 54 yes votes but it needed 60 to beat a republican filibuster. five democrats also opposed the plan. both california senators voted in favor. >>> coming up, we'll continue our coverage of the latest on that huge explosion in texas that leveled entire blocks and the danger may not be over yet. >>> boys accused of sexually assaulting a bay
of them will be a long road to recovery. >> we have brand-new information. a law enforcement source says images two of men seen near the finish line are being circ circulated. we'll update with the latest information. back to you. >>> a young victim from martinez is one step closer to home tonight. >> she under went a two-hour surgery today. she was hit by shrapnel by one of the bombs monday. >>> a battery apparently used as an ignition source to detonate one bomb is manufactured in california >> reporter: let me show you what we're talking about. this is the battery we're talking about they say is mostly used by hobby enthusiasts for radio controlled cars, the same nickel metal hydro chemistry you see in double a batteries. >> the company vice president's a shock when he checked the news. >> i was appalled when i saw this, this morning, once i saw the picture on the page i contacted the boston police department, as well as the fbi. >> he says the sub-c size the batteries are sold to hobbyists for remote control cars, accurate ail stores and online, in the united states and overseas. >>
of developments in the investigation into whoever did this. >> law enforcement soursz tell abc news they now have a clear image of the man they're working to identify they believe could be the suspect. in a major break in the investigation you coming after the process of going frame by frame through more than 2000 images taken of, and in the crowds near the finish line. boston's abc station reporting that the key video leading to this suspect was captured on surveillance cameras outside of a lord & tailor department store. more evidence surfacing. the lid to at least one of the bombs reportedly found on a roof top, analyze add long with electronic components and slappel -- shrapnel from the blast. so many are still in mourning. hundreds gathered to remember the youngest of those killed 8-year-old martin richard. >> it's confusing and painful. we're strong. we're going to get through it. >> in massachusetts friends and neighbors are planning a vigil honoring the live of crystal campbell. >> on campus of boston university, students mourning over 23-year-old lindsay lu who lost her life as well. >>
: closing in on a possible o suspect. law enforcement sources tell abc news they have is a clear image of a man they believe could be the person who planted one or both of the bombs near the fen initial line of the boston marathon monday. abc news learned the person investigators believe could have caused the carnage and chaos was captured on a individual joe. he is shown talking on a cell phone and carrying a black back strapped across his chest and then possibly leaving the bag at the scene. tonight no, clear answers on how close the fbi is to making an arrest. >> before they make any arrests they will have the case pretty much, you know, the evidence will be there. th will not rush to judgment on this. >> reporter: it has been a day of anticipation and tension. >> code red evacuation. >> code red evacuate the building. >> the federal courthouse where any suspect would stand trial was evacuated today because of what turned out to be an unsubstantiated bomb threat. a city on edge and still grieving. a memorial grows by the hour near the site of the bombings where the fbi is still hard
what law enforcement has been identify to identify the devices so quickly is a good sign. >> reporter: the burning question remains, who did this? >> i think the things we need from the public are patience. patience at a time when we are impatient for an answer. >> reporter: the jitters continue in boston. the federal courthouse was evacuated for several hours after a bomb threat was phoned in. no bomb was found. and a hospital was evacuated after someone noticed an unattended car with case begans inside. again, it was determined there was no threat. live in the newsroom, ken wayne. >> in two minutes, we will take you to a bay area forensics lab. find out why cell phone video is often more helpful than video from surveillance cameras. >>> tonight, we're learning more about the young graduate student killed on monday. boston university identified her today at lingzi lu. a chinese national who was studying math and statistics. friends say she was 23 years old. lu had gone to the marathon with two friends. one of whom was injured and now hospitalized. she -- her professors describe her
to that thing and i gave it to the atf guys outside. >> i think what law enforcement has been identify to identify the devices so quickly is a good sign. >> reporter: the burning question remains, who did this? >> i think the things we need from the public are patience. patience at a time when we are impatient for an answer. >> reporter: the jitters continue in boston. the federal courthouse was evacuated for several hours after a bomb threat was phoned in. no bomb was found. and a hospital was evacuated after someone noticed an unattended car with case begans inside. again, it was determined there was no threat. live in the newsroom, ken wayne. >> in two minutes, we will take you to a bay area forensics lab. find out why cell phone video is often more helpful than video from surveillance cameras. >>> tonight, we're learning more about the young graduate student killed on monday. boston university identified her today at lingzi lu. a chinese national who was studying math and statistics. friends say she was 23 years old. lu had gone to the marathon with two friends. one of whom was inj
to talked to a law enforcement agent. there was a pressure documenter lid that went up -- cooker lid that went up in the explosion. it landed on the rooftop. of this is critical. investigators so far have indicated they think one, if not two of the bombs was made out of a pressure cooker. finding another part of it and finding where it landed will be one more piece of what we know is a very complicated puzzle. pam? >> emily, since you've been there all week. and you are near a pretty big crime scene there. what about the businesses that are in that area? what is it like there? >> reporter: it's a really good question. when you look at the cars going behind me, it looks normal and then you go two more blocks down. it's completely shut off. you can't get to those businesses. we have the hotel that's very nearby. the perimeter is right on the edge of the perimeter of this crime scene. and the area that's blocked off and yesterday just to get back to my hotel after we were talking with you, i had to show them my photo i.d. i had to show them my hotel key before i was able to go. and our
identified in the boston marathon bombing case. a law enforcement force says the young man was identified at the surveillance video at the second blast seen on a cell phone at the same time the first bomb exploded. sources say investigators zeroed in on the suspect after checking cell phone records in the area at that exact time. fbi photos from the boston marathon bombing investigation show the remains of an explosive device including twisted pieces of metal charred wires and a battery. one photo shows a half inch nail and part of a zipper stained with blood. the items are now being analyzed at fbi headquarters in virginia. >> there, specialized examiners will reconstruct the device or devices and determine the makeup and components. >> reporter: investigators say the bombs were heavy and carried to the scene in black nylon bags. they were pressure cooker bombs packed with shrapnel, the lid of one apparently blew into the roof of a nearby building. similar devices have been used in middle east terrorist attacks. the pressure cookers briefly constrained the blast and when the pressure is
and killed a stabbing suspect. the suspect called 911 last night saying he had just stabbed his brother-in-law in potrero him. officers arrived, and the suspect came out of the house with a hammer. officers ordered him to stop, but he kept coming after them. so they opened fire and killed him. >> he is the person that made the call and he is the brother- in-law of the person who was stabbed who has cut wounds or stab wounds to the head, chest and arms. what appears to be a long military-style knife or machete. >> the victim's injuries were severe but he is expected to survive. >>> 4:39. and we have some video that oakland police want you to watch very closely. take a look at the man running in that video. he is on the left-hand side of your screen. police say he poised as a maintenance man to get inside an apartment building on 10th street in oakland's chinatown. once inside they say he tried to molest a 7-year-old girl. the girl screamed and her mom came and confronted that man and the suspect took off running. police say he is in his 50s, but 6 feet tall and weighing about 160 pounds. >>> al
a new same-sex marriage law in the country. new zealand is the first nation in the asian pacific region to support a marriage equality law and it is the 13th country in the world to do so. lawmakers in uruguay approved the marriage law last week that its president is expected to sign. >>> on capitol hill, a plan to expand background checks for gun buyers is in jeopardy. the senate plans to vote today on the bipartisan proposal but more republicans are saying they oppose it. at this point it seems headed for defeat unless supporters can turn votes around in these closing hours. the senate is also set to vote on other amendments on a gun control bill. >>> coming up, a little sports, barry zito putting his 14 inning scoreless streak on the line last night. we'll tell you how he did. >> plus, a heartfelt tribute at yankee stadium for the boston bombing victims. >> cool. >> but first, as we count down to opening day, here's a live look at the new bay bridge. we'll be right back. you kids should count yourselves lucky. we didn't have u-verse back in my day. you couldn't just... guys... there
of the adjacent buildings. coming up in just two hours there will be a press conference with law- enforcement officials from boston. we agree to live on our 247 news channel comcast 193. >> a bay area boy wounded in the marathon bombing is scheduled to undergo another surgery today. 11 year-old aaron hearn of martine as was near the finish line cheering on his mother was running in the race when he was caught in one of the blast. he is in stable condition in the intensive care unit. here in the bay area, his grandmother says she was shocked to learn what happened to him. >> he liked to go places and he was not comfortable that he he was going to be safe. we were just trying to make the best of it. we have to trust and our government and hope the president obama will take care of this for us. he plays football, baseball, basketball. he really likes boards. >> aaron is in stable condition in intensive care unit. the family was in boston for another week for follow-up surgery. students and teachers at there is no school are looking into how they can help the family. the city of martina's as a cl
insurance coverage for care. >> a california law passed two years ago requires private insurers to cover early intervention therapy. advocates say that will will save nearly $200 million a year in bills. >> new research finds there is a biological reason why some men tend to find it difficult to read womens' emotions. scientists gave a brain scan and took pictures of iz. the men found it twice as hard to guess a woman's mood as a man. when looking at women's eyes they found themselves mystified. scientists says a hospital in germany say this less personal process means men find it harder to identify with women's feelings. we just have to try harder. >> what am i thinking now? >> why many am i working with this man? >> we have to go to a break, right? coming up next a royal gem with a history. >> a 34 6. >>> coming up at 6:00 abc 7 news reporter ama daetz is with fbi agents as they search roof tops for evidence this, year's winners of the golden environmental prize from a teacher protecting skies in tuscan. we'll have those story pz more coming up at 6:00. >> thank you. >> a rare gem fetc
. military law gives commanding officers discretion on handling rape charges. he denied committing the first rape and charges against him in the second rape were later dropped. >>> it is a therapy that promises to help gay people turn straight. should it be allowed here in california? one federal court took on the controversial debate this morning. a nearly two-hour long hearing in san francisco debated the ban on gay conversion therapy for minors. that ban was supposed to go in effect on february 1. judges grilled both sides in the case that goes down to decide if the therapy is medical treatment that the state had the power to regulate. >> the evidence presented is all of the leading major medical organizations saying it has no scientific basis and has great risk to patients. >> you can't have it. that's why it is so unprecedented and a startling violation of the first amendment. >> what exactly happens in these gay conversion sessions? three men say they went through the therapy and one says it worked. >> reporter: peter was married for 28 years with two kids. >> i had a girlfriend and wa
protection agency. or cupa delegating authorities to enforce state law. local residents think the power is helpful because bureaucracy is slow response. >> so, confident in west sacramento that they're aware them have proper protocols in place. >> unlike texas town west sacramento did not build neighborhoods within a mile. still it's located in a park that employs many people. >> i'm concernednd i won't know what to do if that happened. >> cupa says the texas facility is a fertilizer wholesaler and there are 49 of those in california. cupa insists we are safe. >> tuesday. >> a strike by sanitation workers is affecting service here in the bay area, supportive teamsters picketed the area now operated republic services disrupting service in fremont and union city. the company representative says collection services will resume as soon as possible. >> today's report suggests the job market could start to rebound. according to the labor department, new claims for benefits only rose slightly last week. 353,000 people filed for first time jobless benefits. thousands of unemployed californians
in the world will be looking to its intelligence and law enforcement agencies for any clue as to whether or not this has some foreign connection. >> secretary rice president obama in his statement yesterday said how little the government knows, how little he know we don't know who did this why it was planned or executed foreign or domestic. why say that? does the president know that people are listening to every word he said including those who might be responsible? >> of course. the president wants to reassure the american people that the government is on the trail so to speak and that justice will be done. the president has to be careful. he has to be sure that he has got as much information as he can about what is now a forensic effort to understand how this attack unfolded. so i am not surprised that very little has been said yet. this is obviously an act of terror. it was obviously an effort to maim as many individuals, and as many innocent citizens as possible. but the president has to be very careful, not to give out information prematurely here and it's entirel
the facility on woodside avenue at portola around 10 p.m. last night. both the facility and law enforcement agencies involved are still tight-lipped about the search. >>> five teenaged suspects are in custody in the death of a santa clara county paramedic who was shot earlier in the oakland hills. quinn boyer died at the hospital april 4th, two days after being shot in the head in his car. oakland police say the suspects have admitted to the shooting. they were arrested monday and yesterday, but there's still no word on a motive. >> i am deeply concerned by the fact that the persons responsible for this man's murder range in the age of 14 to 16 years old. that is unacceptable. >> police followed leads about a suspicious car and found it abandoned near an oakland school. the suspects were identified through surveillance video from year the site. investigators believe boyer is a random target. a memorial was held for him yesterday. >>> new this morning, a san mateo father is now being hailed a hero after saving his wife and 7 children from a burning home. kpix 5 reporter elissa harrington tel
should attempt to apprehend them except law enforcement. >> makes me so mad. makes me furious. >>reporter: i showed the image to this woman with who came by the memorial to show her pport for her city. >> this breaks my heart. somebody would do this to the city. the city means so much to me and so much to everyone ee indeed broken. >> devastating day for the boston community and we are not a city. we are truly family. >>reporter: arlene added these 3 bloop to the memorial after remembering something she saw on tv. >> i caught the image of the 3 balloons from the bomb site. first thing i saw were 3 balloons going up in the sky. everybody was like there were 2 death. i said there were 3. >>reporter: her gesture in memory of lindsay lou, crystal campbell and martin richard. >> 3 angels. reaching up to the star. >>reporter: in boston, abc 7 news. is ♪ [ singling]. >> facing a packed audience president obama attended a memorial service in boston today. he delivered a message of resilience and recovery. >> they thought to intimidate us. terrorize us. it should be pret
for the law and due process and not setting what could be some really bad precedent. >> reporter: police were asking to copy people's memory cards at the boston airport before leaving town. they didn't have to. could they feel compelled? could video not posted on the web be subpoenaed? could people be suspects when they are not? it's a brave new world being sorted out. mike sugerman kpix 5. >>> social media was also used by police to get messages from the victims to the families, too. >>> paul is here and we were just talking about the wind. it was extremely windy in the east bay this morning. >> sunshine kind of tempered by the wind. it's comfortable but you get in the winds not so much. as the wind dies down, though, which it will tonight, finally, we are going to get some very warm temperatures. wait until you see the extended forecast. truckloads full of sunshine. here's a peek outside. i'd like to show you this picture of the golden gate because this is a spot april, may, where we'll see fog creeping in, in the afternoon and stays around all day long. sometimes there's not a hint of fog
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